Friend of the Devil (fiction)
by Mark Spivak
"In 1990 some critics believe that America's most celebrated chef, Joseph Soderini di Avenzano, sold his soul to the Devil to achieve culinary greatness. Whether he is actually Bocuse or Beelzebub, Avenzano is approaching the 25th anniversary of his glittering Palm Beach restaurant, Chateau de la Mer, patterned after the Michelin-starred palaces of Europe.
Journalist David Fox arrives in Palm Beach to interview the chef for a story on the restaurant's silver jubilee. He quickly becomes involved with Chateau de la Mer's hostess, unwittingly transforming himself into a romantic rival of Avenzano. The chef invites Fox to winter in Florida and write his authorized biography. David gradually becomes sucked into the restaurant's vortex: shipments of cocaine coming up from the Caribbean; the Mafia connections and unexplained murder of the chef's original partner; the chef's ravenous ex-wives, swirling in the background like a hidden coven. As his lover plots the demise of the chef, Fox tries to sort out hallucination and reality while Avenzano treats him like a feline's catnip-stuffed toy."
Friend of the Devil (fiction)|
Mark Spivak, Author
Publisher: Black Opal Books (May 2016)
About Mark Spivak:|
Mark is an award-winning writer specializing in wine, spirits, food, restaurants, and culinary travel. He was the wine writer for the Palm Beach Post from 1994-1999, and was honored by the Academy of Wine Communications for excellence in wine coverage "in a graceful and approachable style." Since 2001 he has been the Wine and Spirits Editor for the Palm Beach Media Group, as well as the restaurant critic for Palm Beach Illustrated. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Robb Report, Art & Antiques, Men's Journal, the Continental and Ritz-Carlton magazines, Arizona Highways, and Newsmax. He is the author of two nonfiction books: "Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History" (2012) and "Moonshine Nation" (2014). "Friend of the Devil" is his first novel.